THE HIVE COLLECTIVE

THE HIVE COLLECTIVE

THE HIVE COLLECTIVE

Brisbane’s newly formed Hive Collective – Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild – present their inaugural trio of works. The series places women’s stories in the spotlight and showcases Australia’s most daring female playwrights and creatives.

You each have very extensive backgrounds in writing, directing and producing theatre. What inspired you to team up and form The Hive Collective in 2020?
The idea came about in 2019. While we were each successfully making work as individuals, we realised that, as a collective, we could be so much stronger, more productive, more resilient. By supporting each other and sharing resources and tasks we can also be more courageous. Bolder. Make things happen that would seem impossible as individuals.

You’ll be presenting your inaugural trio of works at Metro Arts, how did this partnership come about?
Once we’d hit on the idea of forming a collective of independent theatre makers and curating a season of work together, we knew Metro Arts was the ideal partner for our first project. With Metro Arts’ ongoing commitment to independent theatre and, in particular, Jo’s championing of female artists, we hoped Hive’s model would find support at Edward Street. To both find that support and be invited to take part in Metro’s first year in their new home has been crucial in allowing Hive to arrive onto the scene in a robust and joyful way.

What would you say you each bring to the table? Are there areas where your approach and interests typically intersect?
Heidi is a brilliant relationship builder – she’s genuinely interested in people and what they have to offer, so she’s great at making connections and inviting people in. Heather is meticulous and rigorous, and with her experience working with Europe’s leading theatre companies, she pushes us to aim higher and reach further. Kate helps us stay focussed, nurturing Hive’s long-term vision whilst keeping a keen eye on the details.

What we love about the Hive model is that it allows each of us as individual artists to make our own work in our own unique way. But an offer from one of us – a suggestion for a play or an idea for devising new work – will inspire the others to work beyond our usual comfort zones.

Lastly, how did you choose these particular works? What can audiences expect – is there a common thread or theme?
We wanted Hive’s first season to shine a light on the brilliant and original work currently being written by Australian women. Each of the plays is engaging, vibrant, timely and, in its own unique way, unconventional. When we looked at the plays side-by-side, we also found that each of them was brimming with energy and life. As if something long suppressed was now ready to be released – sexuality, violence, imagination, wild humour. Female creativity let loose!

ARTIST EVENTS

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS
By Van Badham | Directed By Heidi Manché
17 – 27 Feb, 2021

ELEKTRA/ORESTES
By Jada Alberts and Anne-Louise Sarks
Directed by Heather Fairbairn
3 – 13 Mar, 2021

CONVICTION
By Zoey Dawson | Directed by Kate Wild
17 – 27 – Mar, 2021

WHERE

New Benner Theatre, Metro Arts

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WHEN WE SPEAK

1 MAY | MUSIC
Stunning music and visuals combine in this intimate recital performance by Katherine Philp, principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra .

ADAPT

ADAPT

ADAPT

Presented by Metro Arts

By Paula Dunlop

Capturing a time of quarantines and lockdowns, ADAPT reflects on the collapse of the neat separations between work and home. Undressed bed sheets and steel ball-chain, window dressings and clothes-lines, canvas-based studio traditions and creative practices in home spaces all come together gently, magnetically…

ADAPT focuses us on the forces that condition our home lives and work lives; on the conventions that privilege or idealise certain work spaces over others; and on the give-and-take that constitutes our relationships with people, material, and places.

DATES

Sat 6 Feb – Thu 18 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

AT ARM’S LENGTH

AT ARM’S LENGTH

AT ARM’S LENGTH

Presented by Metro Arts

By Lacey-Law-Lobwein

Lacey – Law – Lobwein is an experimental art collaboration initiated by three emerging Brisbane-based artists who share a common practice of working with digital video and screen-based media.

At Arm’s Length explores the nature of virtual and physical collaboration as a reaction to how their practices have changed as a result of the current pandemic.

This exhibition is part of Common Ground: Bus Projects x Metro Arts and an adapted version of the exhibition will be exhibited at Bus Projects in October, 2021.

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sun 21 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Mon – Tue    10am – 4pm
Wed – Sat      10am – 10pm
Sun 14 Mar    Closed
Sun 21 Mar    11am – 5pm 

THE ARTISTS

Briony Law
Briony Law is an emerging artist who works primarily with moving image and installation. Her practice explores aspects of human ecology and systems of mediation, and the potential of mediation to inform attitudes toward ecology. Graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from the Queensland University of Technology, her most recent projects were exhibited at Outer Space and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Olivia Lacey
Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Working across moving image, installation and text, she combines referents appropriated from pop music lyrics in order to examine the romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. Lacey graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017.

Guy Lobwein
Guy Lobwein is a Brisbane-based emerging artist currently undertaking his Doctorate of Philosophy at Queensland University of Technology. Graduating in 2020 with a Masters in Philosophy, his research focuses on the use of expanded reality technologies in contemporary art and how experimental creative practice can generate experiential and critically reflective experiences.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL // DOUBLE BILL

DATES
5:30pm, Thu 6 May / DURATION 90 mins (inc. Opening Event + Welcome to Country)
6pm, Fri 7 May / DURATION 60 mins
VENUE New Benner Theatre, Metro Arts
TICKETS $20 (inc. both works)

Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life By Amy Zhang

“What’s the key to happiness?” “What exercises give you a long life?” Amy Zang demystifies the life lessons and old Chinese wives’ tales compulsively passed down by her Chinese mother.

Featuring renowned street dancers Jackson Garcia and Amalina Batrisyia, Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life fuses street dance and contemporary to find the answers to the burning life questions you’ve all been asking.

Double Bill showing with Love Letters in (e)Motion
5:30pm, Thu 6 May
+
6pm, Fri 7 May

 

Love Letters in (e)Motion By Anti Fischer

Anti Fisher takes a sledge hammer to the stereotypes of women in love in cinema in this fierce exploration of what it means to love.

From the devoted wife to the damsel in distress to the destruction of love gone awry, hip hop and heels dance juxtapose in this short performance work that pushes back against narrow pop cultural depictions of how women should love.

Double Bill showing with Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life
5:30pm, Thu 6 May
+
6pm, Fri 7 May

 

THE ARTISTS

COOL ASIAN MUM’S GUIDE TO LIFE

Director/Choreographer Amy Zhang
Feature Artist Huika Li
Associate Artist Jackson Garcia
Associate Artist Amalina Batrisyia
Score Composed by Jackson Garcia / Mastered by Matt Gray

Amy Zhang is a dancer, choreographer and movement director who specialises in street dance. Having completely immersed myself in the global street dance scene, Amy has worked, taught, choreographed and performed, both nationally and internationally. Amy’s practice explores the intersections of cultural nuance and storytelling through experimenting with street-style foundations and contemporary frameworks. Amy has created works, performed and undertaken residencies with The Hayes Theatre, Critical Path, Diversity Arts, The Joan, Belvoir St Theatre, Brisbane Festival, Metro Arts and Vitalstatistix. Amy is also currently a resident of the City of Sydney’s Live/Work residency.

Huika Li is a life long advice giver and Amy’s Mum.

Jackson Garcias art practise spans across live performance, street dance and digital media. Coming from the world of street dance where he has accumulated many titles, Jackson is known and sought after for this ability to combine his foundations in B-Boying, Popping, Locking and Hip Hop to create his own style of movement. His diverse skill set has seen him teach, choreograph, perform and compete both nationally and internationally. Jackson’s unique style has found him gaining the lead role in award winning contemporary-break theatre show, M.I.N.D.E.D., that has toured through China, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne. He has also featured in Cross Cultures programmed in No Show at Carriageworks, One Way at La Boite Theatre and KLAPPSQUAD at the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Amalina Batrisyia is a dancer of various styles including dancehall, experimental freestyle and krump. She is also a choreographer, performer, battle dancer and teacher. She has been teaching dancehall regularly in Brisbane since 2017, after moving from Singapore in 2015 and not being able to find any dancehall classes in her new hometown. She has since picked up freestyle dance, battling and krump, and is active and heavily involved in the various styles while leading and building the dancehall community in Queensland.

LOVE LETTERS IN MOTION

Choreographer/Director Anti Fischer
Core Dancer Billie Casey-Jabore
Core Dancer Bianca Coxeter
Dancer Makayla Crawford
Dancer Malana Chapelle


Anti Fischer
is a Hip Hop dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Brisbane, Australia.  She has taught around the world at renowned studios such as Millennium Dance Complex (L.A + Toronto), Movement Lifestyle (L.A), Dance Works (Japan), The Village (Sydney), Underground Dance Centre (Toronto) and more! In 2010 Anti was one of 14 cast members selected across America to be in the Monsters of Hip Hop show in Los Angeles. Most recently Anti taught at The Australian Dance Festival in Sydney (2016) and toured with Dream Dance Company for the “Secret Society Show” Choreographed by Candace Brown and directed by Marko Panzic (2016,17) Some of her other career highlights include assisting world-renowned choreographers: Tony Tzar, Kevin Maher and Nick Demoura. Anti is incredibly passionate about dance and loves to inspire and share her craft!

Billie Casey Jabore is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, agent originally from the Gold Coast, Queensland. Billie has been a successful working dancer throughout Australia since 2005 whilst based in Melbourne, Australia. Billie has over 20 years of dance experience behind her and is one of Australia’s finest Dancer/Choreographers specialising in the hip-hop and commercial industry. In July of 2018 she successfully obtained her O1 visa and moved her life to L.A to pursue her dreams in the dance industry. Having worked on major events such as Xfactor, Stereosonic, Big Day Out, Let Them Eat Cake, Laneway, Australian Open, and with artists such as, Justin Bieber, Neyo, Avicii, Peking Duck, Tiesto, Illy, Paula Abdul, Jessica Mauboy, Miss Blanks & Briggs (to name a few) Billie believed she had what it takes to make her dreams a reality on the international scene.

Bianca Coxeter is an aspiring professional artist who constantly seeks to immerse herself in a diversity of creative movement and performance genres. Commencing classical dance lessons from the moment she could walk, Bianca consistently continued training through to the completion of two years full-time study at the Queensland Collage of Dance (Elite Performance in Commercial Dance & Musical Theatre Program, 2017-2018). During such time, she was humbled to learn from Expressions Dance Company (Intensive Program), Sydney Dance Co. (Intensive Program) and Merge Dance Theatre on full scholarships. Presently pursuing her film debut under the direction of internally renowned, Baz Lurman and Warner Bros. Pictures. Bianca’s additional accolades include the commercial credits Nathaniel, Ellen Reed, Brisbane Bullets, Universal Store, Channel Nine, RayWhite and WaterAid Ball.

Makayla Crawford’s passion for dance started at the age of 5 where she began her training in all styles of dance. Over the past two years, she has completed her full time course at Dance Force which has lead her to explore a wide range of movement and to be exposed to many different industry professionals. She has recently been signed and is beginning to work professionally in the industry.

Malana Chapelle is an 18 year old who has recently graduated 2 years of full-time training at Dance Force. With her passion for movement, she has been able to explore the art through teaching and choreographing, allowing her to push boundaries and limitations on herself and others.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE

PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL // DOUBLE BILL

DATES 8pm, Fri 7 May + 7.30pm, Sat 8 May  |  VENUE New Benner Theatre, Metro Arts  |  DURATION 60 mins | TICKETS $20 (inc. both works)

Betwixt By Pink Matter

This is street dance in a whole new realm. Vogue, Krump and freestyle meet intricate choreography and spoken word in this energetic and thought-provoking work.

Take a glimpse into the journeys of five top street dancers – Wanida, Huda, Joshua, Amy and Monika – as they explore their relationships to their own cultural heritage, upbringing and being part of the Street Dance community.

Double Bill showing with Peach Papaya
8pm, Fri 7 May + 7.30pm, Sat 8 May

 

Peach Papaya By Golden Coastline

When music, movement and fashion come together as one, the possibilities are endless.

Slink into the fresh, effervescent world of Golden Coastline with their debut theatre show. Combining technical choreography and freedom of movement, Peach Papaya will leave you in awe and challenge what you thought you know about dance.

Double Bill showing with Betwixt
8pm, Fri 7 May + 7.30pm, Sat 8 May

 

THE ARTISTS

BETWIXT

WANIDA SERCE
Wanida is a creative director, choreographer and performance artist. In 2017 she founded Pink Matter, a company aimed at creating opportunities, highlighting powerful women in the community and creating conversation around the intersectionality of diversity in Australian media. Some of the projects Wanida has been involved with are: Performing in the ‘Commonwealth Games’ and the ‘Special Olympics’ as well as featuring in campaigns for Vice, Absolut Vodka, Fox Sports & Universal Store. Wanida is a proud woman of colour that is successfully working in multiple fields of street/commercial dance. Often judging events, teaching workshops and producing work, She’s highly active in the dance community with 3 sold out independent productions under her belt. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation.

AMY ZHANG
Amy is a movement artist and choreographer who specialises in street dance. Working across physical and digital spaces, her practice explores the intersections of cultural nuance and storytelling through experimental street-style and contemporary frameworks. Amy has turned the heads of iconic brands like Nike, Cartier and Calvin Klein and recently developed an AI dance app in collaboration with Google. Credits aside, Amy loves dance for its holistic benefits, she has co-written and facilitated programs for at-risk youth, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the everyday person. Through this work Amy has partnered with organisations like Headspace and Participate Australia.

JOSHUA TALIANI
Joshua Taliani is a 26 year old Aboriginal/Italian man who hails the Bidjara and Kullali people of central west Queensland. As an established choreographer and dancer, he has trained under many different artists in multiple genres in performing arts, from classical to Street Dance. Joshua’s performance experience consists of representing Australia in the World Hip-Hop Championships multiple times as well as various other competitions in the US with dance company, Academy Of Brothers. He has also appeared on Australia’s Got Talent with his dance crew which placed in the top three leading to big stage performance opportunities and music videos with well known Australian artists. Joshua is now focusing on building upon the queer dance scene specifically within the queer POC in the wider Brisbane community being the Father of the leading Vogue house in Brisbane – ‘House of Alexander. Through the art of the ballroom scene, vogueing and raising awareness of this platform for queer people of colour, Joshua sets to inspire and mentor people of his community to feel worthy in themselves as well as create spaces and art work as well as functions/events to merge a stronger growth within our queer POC community from first nations to all round.

HUDA FADLELMAWLWA
Huda Fadlelmawla is black woman who has always been passionate about art and expression. As a dancer and poet her mission is to build a platform for people to learn and be educated on the BIPOC narrative. Dance is something she sees as her first language and poetry is her native tongue. She is an advocate and educator and all things black youth, this is her focus and drive. Huda is also a cultural and wellbeing officer, cultural competency educator, national recognised poet, Qld state poetry champ 2020, behaviour management specialist, Krumper and community and personal development coach. 

MONIKA STOJEVSKI
From a young age Monika has had a strong desire to express herself through dance and performing, known for her versatility and the ability to fuse and adapt to various genres of dance. Monika’s stage performance work includes theatre productions like the grant winning show ‘One Way’ – a contemporary x street fusion show by Elements Collective, ‘Shade’ – a visual art & street dance production by Wanida Serce and ‘The Type’ a street dance fusion show by Pink Matter. Through Monika’s time with dance collective Pink Matter, she has been able to train in multiple street dance genres, compete in Australia’s Got Talent, ongoingly perform at Eat Street Northshore, feature in music videos and perform at various events around South East QLD.

PEACH PAPAYA

Dancer, Choreographer Clarence Kent
Dancer, Choreographer Jazi Othman 
Dancer, Choreographer Kieran Lewerissa

Clarence Kent is a world renown dancer who started his career in Brisbane and has now taken his talents world wide through dance battles and performances. Over the years he has focussed on Popping, Animation Dance and Hip Hop to create his own unique style.  He has represented Australia many times in battles throughout the world for the past several years and has been performing with the Jabbawockeez in LA and Macau from 2016-2019. During those years Clarence had lived in LA most of that time and created a name for himself in the street dance scene in Australia and the U.S. His crew GoldenCoastline, who have successfully ran some of the best and biggest battles in Brisbane have been an integral part of the dance community here in QLD. During the last 5 years, on his visits back home he has always been putting in work towards the dance scene through his teachings, jams and events.

Jazi Othman is a self taught dancer and found his passion for the arts when he started dancing around the age of 20 years old. He started with freestyling and krump before exploring other areas of dance. An original member and one of the founders of the infamous Goldencoastline crew and recent BANG Fam, he has competed nationally and overseas in battles winning a number of titles and has performed in numerous videos and live shows. His latest work includes performing at Splendour in the Grass and headlined the main stage at Commonwealth Games with Awemill (SOA – SuperSonicShapeShiftersofAwe).  Jazi loves to share his knowledge of dance through regular teaching and wants to contribute to help grow the dance community between Gold Coast and Brisbane. Stay Golden! 

Kieran Lewerissa didn’t find a love for dance until graduating high school where he began taking Hip Hop choreography classes at local Gold Coast studios. It wasn’t until then that he realised he had a passion for the art form and delved deeper into it. He spent years competing at local and national choreography competitions and represented a number of dance crews including 220 and Fly Society. Inspired by freestyle dancers in the Brisbane dance scene, he began to transition away from choreography and focus more on building his own style and key foundations in Hip Hop. Kieran made this transition in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. He now calls his inspirations fellow crew members which is where Golden Coastline began. This crew has become family to him and has put on numerous unforgettable events and battles for the Queensland dance scene. His goal is to inspire the youth of today and highlight the vital role dance has played in his life.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2021

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2021

Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

From conquering stages and comps around the world, home-grown talents are headed back to Brisbane.

With jaw-dropping performances, double-bill showings, artist talks and a community dance class, Mad Dance Festival  is smashing down the walls between “elite” and “street”.

From B-boys, poppers, lockers and hip-hop heavy-weights to Vogue, Krump and contemporary freestyle. This is street dance in a whole new realm. 

6 + 8 MAY | M.I.N.D.E.D.

Elements Collective bring their world class break and freestyle dancers to Mad Dance Festival in this genre-bending dance work.

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6 + 7 May | AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life’ by Amy Zhang + ‘Love Letters in (e)Motion’ by Anti Fischer

Find out more >

7 + 8 MAY | PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE

Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Betwixt’ by Pink Matter + ‘Peach Papaya’ by Golden Coastline.

Find out more >

8 MAY | ARTIST TALK

Hear street dance leaders and emerging dancers talk about the challenges and successes of the dance community in Brisbane.

Find out more >

8 MAY | SHAKE DOWN: FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS

Come shake off your work week in easy-to-follow choreography led by accomplished dancer, Sheru Bharadwaja!

Find out more >

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2021

BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2021

Bigger, BADDER, Brisbane! Brisbane Art Design (BAD) is back in 2021 and Metro Arts is part of the program.

 

Get ready to explore Brisbane’s creative neighbourhoods with BRISBANE ART DESIGN, from 7 – 30 May 2021. With a focus on art + design across the city, BAD 2021 promises an expansive program of tours, talks, workshops and exhibitions.

An initiative of the Museum of Brisbane (MoB ), BAD champions the movers and shakers of the Brisbane art and design community, and spotlights our thriving cultural identity through the places, histories and climate that bring our collective creativity to the fore.

 

Explore the Metro Arts’ program below  |  View the full BAD program here.

 

OPEN STUDIO: HELLE COOK

6 -9 MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Take a turn around the Riverbend to Ferryman’s Hut where Helle Cook draws on the atmospheric and affecting presence of the hut.

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Bridging The In-Between

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Bridging the In-between explores the intersections of meteorology, technology and spatiotemporal experience.

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Ambit

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Parallel Park (Tay Haggarty and Holly Bates) present a new video work continuing their ongoing interest in queer formations of intimacy and collaboration.

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LIGHT AFFECTION

15 + 16 – MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Helle’s exhibition Light Affection will invigorate Ferryman’s Hut with ephemeral installations through a lens of light and sensory experience

read more

ART STARTS HERE

ART STARTS HERE

Art Starts Here: 40 Years of Metro Arts

Metro Arts – an independent arts centre at the heart of Brisbane – is about to start a new chapter at its new home in West End. But this is just one of many changes this resilient organisation has made its own.

For 40 years, Metro Arts inhabited 109 Edward Street, a six-storey building built in 1889, which has served as warehouse for household goods, biscuits, hats, supplies during World War II and – later, government offices and, finally, Brisbane Community Arts Centre.

On the level that was once the Immigration Department, artists have created multilingual works. In the former drug squad HQ, ‘art’ has become indistinguishable from ‘party’. In the old Electoral Office, artists have voted again and again for their community – with their time, energy, resources and (when available) money. To be at 109 Edward Street wasn’t just to make art. It was to make mistakes, to mend and to make do.

No record can capture every moment – every coffee shared, every spark ignited, every alliance formed, every risk taken, every show rehearsed, exhibited or staged. But through the voices of over 40 Metro community members, Art Starts Here: 40 Years of Metro Arts charts the living history of Metro Arts, from its gutsy DIY beginnings to its bright future.

TITLE Art Starts Here: 40 Years of Metro Arts

SOFT COVER 171 PAGES

RELEASE DATE 11 September, 2020

RRP $65

PUBLISHED BY Metro Arts

EDITED BY Zenobia Frost

DESIGNED BY Sean Dowling and Ashleigh Jacobsen

FEATURING CONTRIBUTIONS FROM
Wesley Enoch, Robert Hughes, Edwin Relf, Liz Burcham, Penny Everingham, Robert Kronk, Amy-Clare McCarthy, Gemma Smith, Josh Milani, Hannah Gartside & Autumn Royale, Nic Holas (Restaged Histories Project), Brian Lucas, Margi Brown Ash, Thom Browning (Imaginary Theatre), Younghee Park (Company Bad), Daniel Evans (The Good Room), Lafe Charlton & Roxanne McDonald, and Fraser Corfield. In addition, Meagan Streader and Vernon Ah Kee (among others) contribute their artwork.

FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH 
Sue Benner, The Hon Ian Callinan, Robby Nason, Stephen Nothling, Jess Murphy, Daniel McKewen, Robert Andrew, Elise Greig, Michael Futcher (Matrix Theatre), David Morton (Dead Puppets Society), Lisa Fa’alafi & Leah Shelton (Polytoxic), Nasim Khosravi (Baran Theatre), and many more.

 

Metro Arts thanks the many interviewees and contributors who made this book possible by sharing their work and their memories.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science.
Metro Arts is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.

stART Grant Program

stART Grant Program

The stART Grant Program was established by Arts Queensland to support Queensland independent creative practitioners including artists, artist collaborators, producers, designers, technicians, freelance and other arts workers impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Successful applicants will receive $3000 to support ideation, preparation, planning and collaboration activities focussed on future creative opportunities during COVID recovery phase

Arts Queensland has engaged Delivery Partners across the state to deliver the stART Grant Program. Funding will be distributed through the Delivery Partners. Metro Arts is the delivery partner for the Brisbane Region. Download the Delivery Partner Map or visit Arts Queensland for information on the other delivery partners.

Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
Important information for applicants. 

Applications are now closed. See the list of recipients below.

 

 stART Grant Program Recepients

Metro Arts has announced 39 industry recipients of the Queensland Government’s stART Grant, who have each been awarded $3,000 to support their creative practice.

Congratulations to the following recipients: 

  • Mindy Gill | Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Erica Rose Jeffrey | Moggill, Brisbane City
  • Michelle Vine | South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Kailum Graves | Greenslopes, Brisbane City
  • Mark Bahnisch | South Brisbane, Brisbane City: The Gabba Ward
  • Nathon McMillan | Lytton, Brisbane City
  • Matthew Wengert | Clayfield, Brisbane City
  • Finley Kube / Central Ward, Brisbane City
  • Helen O’Loan | Maiwar, Walter Taylor
  • Laura Coutts | Clayfield, Brisbane City – Hamilton
  • Ruby Newport | Stafford, Brisbane City – Enoggera
  • Kenji Uranishi | Nudgee, Brisbane City – Northgate Ward
  • Yvette Walker | Paddington, Brisbane City
  • Kirstie Page | Cooper, The Gap
  • Andi Spark | Bulimba, Brisbane City – Morningside
  • Paula Dunlop | Cooper, Brisbane City
  • Mirandi Riwoe | Coorparoo, Brisbane City
  • Jesse Irwin | The Gabba, Brisbane City
  • Larissa Deak |Miller, Tennyson
  • Mandana Mapar | South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Michael Mandalios | McConnel, Brisbane City
  • Bridget Boyle | Malwar,Brisbane City
  • Thomas Larkin | McConnel, Brisbane City
  • Christopher Bassi | Paddington, Brisbane City
  • Helen Cassidy | Cooper, Brisbane City
  • Kevin Spink | Moggill, Brisbane City
  • Torin Francis | Cooper, Brisbane City
  • Catarina Hebbard | Greenslopes, South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Chris Howlett | McConnel and Bulimba, Brisbane City – Morningside
  • Claire Marshall | Central Ward, Brisbane City
  • Cheryl Moggs | Southern Downs Regional, Sandgate
  • Claire Christian | Mount Ommaney, Tennyson
  • Vanessa Loh | Malwar, Brisbane City
  • Sebastian Moody | McConnel, Central
  • Anisa Nandaula | South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Jessica White | The Gabba, Brisbane City
  • David Nixon | Malwar, Brisbane City
  • Tammy Tresillian | South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Tim Jackman | South Brisbane, Brisbane City

ART STARTERS

ART STARTERS

“My career started at Metro. My first full time job, my first professional directing job, the first play I ever wrote, the first company I ever ran. All roads lead back to Metro. Metro gave me a start 30 years ago and I want to give back. I invite you to become an Art Starter and join me in helping to support the start of new work and new art careers here in Brisbane.”

Wesley Enoch, Metro Arts Patron
Artistic Director, Sydney Festival

Metro Arts is in the art starting business. After all ‘art starts here’.

For an annual tax deductible donation of $500 you can join our donor group, ART STARTERS, and help fund our annual Creative Development Program

The program gives artists space, time and support to develop creative ideas and test them with industry professionals and peers. Creative development can advance to local, national and international stages.

 

2019 Creative Development Program

 

As one of our Art Starters you’ll experience and learn about the creative process first-hand at special behind the scenes previews and get-togethers.

Join us by giving now or download the Art Starters Gift Form and return to us.

For further information please contact: 
Genevieve Trace, Partnerships Officer 
genevieve@metroarts.com.au | (07) 3002 7100

See the list of current Art Starters here.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at our next Art Starters get-together.

2020 PROGRAM

2020 PROGRAM

Amongst all the challenging pandemic news, Metro Arts remains committed to independent artists and great new work. We are excited to announce some of our plans for this year to keep our artists working, creativity flowing, and community members connected. 

Our performance program and exhibition artists are busy working behind-the-scenes, for delivery in our new home at West Village, however we won’t be announcing these works until later this year. 

We are also working on some exciting new opportunities for artists to assist during this time. Stay tuned for more details soon! 

WHEN WE SPEAK

1 MAY | MUSIC
Stunning music and visuals combine in this intimate recital performance by Katherine Philp, principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra .

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AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

6 + 7 May | AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER
Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life’ by Amy Zhang + ‘Love Letters in (e)Motion’ by Anti Fischer

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PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE

7 + 8 May | PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE
Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Betwixt’ by Pink Matter + ‘Peach Papaya’ by Golden Coastline.

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M.I.N.D.E.D.

6 + 8 MAY | DANCE
Elements Collective bring their world class break and freestyle dancers to Mad Dance Festival in this genre-bending dance work.

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ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

18 – 29 MAY | THEATRE
This is a story of family, mental health, love, strong women, supportive men and so much more in between.

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FERTILE GROUND

25 – 29 MAY | DANCE
With vivid choreography, Fertile Ground manipulates space, sound and a brutalist pile of concrete bricks in this ground-breaking participatory performance.

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WHITE WOMAN

9 – 12 JUN | DANCE
In this dance-based satire, the artist places herself as the object of interrogation to question complicity and the transformational potential of self-enquiry.

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ASSEMBLY NOW

3 – 27 SEPT | Be immersed in a work that transforms space into a light and sound-reactive environment.

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COWBOY

4 – 6 SEPT | Saddle up for an interactive dance work set in an imagined sweeping landscape of a classic old western.

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FUTURE ANCESTORS

6 SEPT | Presented as part of Housewarming, Future Ancestors depicts the journeys of three spoken word artists.

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HOUSEWARMING

6 SEPT | The boxes are unpacked, the address is new, we’re all settled in and we want to welcome you!

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THE TYPE

10 – 13 SEPT | Through street dance and hip-hop music, your favourite pro girl gang bring big girl-power energy to the stage.

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HOW TO SPELL LOVE

17 – 20 SEPT | Blending evocative poetry, dance and a powerful live percussive score, in a passionate and triumphant act of personal storytelling.

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CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

BATSHIT

BATSHIT pits the rational, sane truth against fanciful, hormone-inflicted and embellished tales in Shelton’s second collaboration with iconic UK director and provocateur Ursula Martinez.

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DEMOLITION

DEMOLITION is an unapologetic and sweaty reclamation of space in-development by the creative minds behind smash hits Hot Brown Honey and APOCALIPSTICK.

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TRIPTYCH & POSTSCRIPT

A mash-up of 1950s radio dramas, epic poetry and opera, Triptych and Postscript uses words, sounds, songs and electronica to paint a portrait of Western colonialism in the Asia-Pacific.

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GHOST STORY

Theatre and augmented reality blend via a smartphone application and immerses the audience in a terrifying world both physically and digitally.

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EXHIBITIONS

DUNGEON MASTER

10 – 24 APR / EXHIBITION
Featuring drawings created based on the rules of Dungeons and Dragons, Dungeon Master aims to examine the unclear boundary between fantasy and reality in online spaces.

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LOL

10 – 17 APR / EXHIBITION
LOL features artists responding to the concept ‘Lol’ – often used as an acronym for ‘laugh out loud’ but is also sometimes misread as ‘lots of love’.

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OPEN STUDIO: HELLE COOK

6 -9 MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Take a turn around the Riverbend to Ferryman’s Hut where Helle Cook draws on the atmospheric and affecting presence of the hut.

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Bridging The In-Between

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Bridging the In-between explores the intersections of meteorology, technology and spatiotemporal experience.

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Ambit

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Parallel Park (Tay Haggarty and Holly Bates) present a new video work continuing their ongoing interest in queer formations of intimacy and collaboration.

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LIGHT AFFECTION

15 + 16 – MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Helle’s exhibition Light Affection will invigorate Ferryman’s Hut with ephemeral installations through a lens of light and sensory experience

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Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program

OTHER OFFERING

1 – 2 NOV | Other Offering, presents a series of sculptural and floral interventions at the Toowong Cemetery over two days.

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BECOMING

Experience the space between personal memory and shared understanding through combining photography and architecture.

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GIANTS AMONG US

A sound and video installation that transforms inaccessible surfaces into urban playgrounds, illuminating public spaces with epic images of our smallest citizens.

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Artists in Residence

regroup

FERRYMAN’S HUT
regroup is a collective project that will host salon style events that aim to refresh the dialogue between arts workers.

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HELLE COOK

FERRYMAN’S HUT
Helle will invigorate Ferryman’s Hut with ephemeral installations through a lens of light and sensory experience, created by diaphanous paintings on sheer natural fabric.

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AARON CHAPMAN

NORMAN PARK SUBSTATION
Aaron’s Norman Park Substation residency will see him reinterpret photographs through the lens of a childhood craft.

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VOLTFRUIT

FERRYMAN’S HUT
Brisbane-based experimental music duo Voltfruit combine field recordings, found objects, musical instruments and electronics to create a series of sonic activations.

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ALICIA MELONIE JONES

NORMAN PARK SUBSTATION
Alicia will continue her solo body of work, performing detention – a physical exploration into the psychology of breaking cycles of violence.

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JOSEPH BURGESS

NORMAN PARK SUBSTATION
Joseph is settling in over summer to work on a series of carpet based pictorial works, exploring the ongoing protests that are currently taking place in Portland, Oregon in the United States.

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Produced Artists

COUNTERPILOT

A collective of interdisciplinary artists directed by Nathan Sibthorpe. Their works Crunch Time and Truthmachine are available for touring, and they are also currently developing a new work.

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ELISE GREIG

Spanning from young love to aging cynicism, Magpie by Elise Greig is a coming-of-age story that will thrill and delight like lemonade ice-blocks and a swim on a hot day.

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DAVID MEGARRITY

David Megarrity is a writer, composer, musician and performer creating at the intersection of music, performance and projected image. His works Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot and Bear with Me are available for touring, and he is also currently developing a new work, Sox.

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LISA WILSON PROJECTS

Bunker by Lisa Wilson and Nathan Sibthorpe is a new intermedial dance work, combining dance with original music, text, rich visual design, interactive messaging, and dynamic video projection to explore the physical threat of virtual alarm. 

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2020

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2020

Want to be part of Metro Arts’ 2020 Program? 

Have an idea for a creative project and need support? 

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW CLOSED FOR 2020

 

Applications have closed for our New Project for New Times Program.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 6 June 2020.

 

Please note applications for our 2020 Creative Development, Artist in Residence and Temporary Art Programs have closed. Applications for 2021 programming will be announced soon.